Holy Family’s Casey Griggs goes for a layup during a game against Mead Friday in Mead. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.
Holy Family's Casey Griggs goes for a layup during a game against Mead Friday in Mead. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

MEAD — The Holy Family girls basketball team has reached the point in the season when a few head-to-head matchups with select Tri-Valley League teams have become more important than the rest of their games.

The Tigers won one of those key games on Friday.

On the road at Mead High, the Tigers rode a second-half surge to a 58-39 win over the Mavericks. The Tigers (9-5, 5-1 Tri-Valley) and Mavericks (7-8, 4-2 Tri-Valley) entered Friday's game tied for the Tri-Valley League lead, which is now under the Tigers' control.

"I was really excited about the game," Tigers senior Casey Griggs said. "We had a great game plan, we executed and we worked as a team to win this one."

Junior guard Izzy Hren (10.9 ppg) led the Tigers, who have won five of their last six games, with 17 points and Griggs scored 16 points while shooting 46 percent from the field. The Tigers led the entire game but didn't build a commanding lead until they outscored the Mavericks 20-8 in the third quarter.

"We just started taking care of the ball better and we made some adjustments at halftime to take care of some of those turnovers," Griggs said.

In the bonus for nearly the entire second quarter, the Tigers scored 12 of their 59 points from the free-throw line despite missing 11 of their 23 attempts. Led in scoring by nine points apiece from senior Nicole Hamann and junior Anna Maher, the Mavericks turned the ball over 23 times in a loss that snapped a four-game win streak and dropped them to third in the conference standings.


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"I thought in the second half, our intensity increased," Tigers head coach Ron Rossi said. "We started to make the extra pass and got our running game going once our defense got stronger. It was a big game because they're our neighbors and they just got a great win against Windsor so we knew we needed this one if we wanted to win the league."

The Tigers will take on league opponent Roosevelt (3-9, 0-4 Tri-Valley) at home on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, the Mavericks will hit the road to face Berthoud (9-5, 3-2 Tri-Valley).

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Holy Family 58, Mead 39

At Mead H.S.

HOLY FAMILY (9-5, 5-1 Tri-Valley)

McKenzie 1 1-2 3, Griggs 6 2-5 16, Schwartz 2 3-5 7, Sandoval 0 0-0 0, Hren 7 1-3 17, Giltner 1 1-2 3, Torres 1 3-4 5, As. Ward 0 0-0 0, Am. Ward 0 0-0 0, Alderfer 2 0-0 4, Gardon 0 1-2 1, Pittenger 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 12-23 58.

MEAD (7-8, 4-2 Tri-Valley)

Hamann 2 5-6 9, Stephenson 0 0-0 0, Maher 2 4-5 9, Kamigaki 2 0-0 4, Levine 1 0-2 2, Veltien 4 0-1 8, Glynn 3 1-3 7, Cowley 0 0-0 0, Jacquet 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 10-16 39.

Score by quarters:

Holy Family 11 9 20 18 — 58

Mead 7 8 8 16 — 39

3-point field goals — Holy Family (4): Griggs 2, Hren 2; Mead (1): Maher. Total fouls — Holy Family 16, Mead 21.